Daily Archives: August 3, 2009

St. Teresa of Avila on Respecting the Body

“The account is given, I believe in Cassian, of a hermit who lived a most austere life. The devil made him think that by throwing himself into a well he would see God more quickly. I truly believe that this hermit could not have served with humility or goodness; for the Lord is faithful, and His Majesty would not consent that one be blinded in a matter so obvious. . . . Thus, the time of prayer should be shortend, however delightful the prayer may be, when it is seen that the bodily energies are failing or that the head might suffer harm.” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 19, para. 14).